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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Railroads

Será la Victoria: 1943

Será la Victoria: 1943

May 1943. "Mexican workers recruited and brought to the Arkansas valley, Colorado, Nebraska and Minnesota by the Farm Security Administration to harvest sugar beets under contract with the Inter-mountain Agricultural Improvement Association." View full size. Office of War Information.

 

Departures: 1940

Departures: 1940

April 1940. East Dubuque, Illinois. "Waiting for the train to Minneapolis." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Off the Rails: 1926

Off the Rails: 1926

July 20, 1926. Another view of the train wreck at Cameron Run, near Alexandria, Virginia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Derailed: 1926

Derailed: 1926

July 20, 1926. "Train wreck at Cameron Run." A 35-car derailment in Virginia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

The Big Train: 1924

The Big Train: 1924

September 30, 1924. Washington Nationals pitcher Walter Johnson, aka "The Big Train," with his wife, mother and children at Union Station. View full size. National Photo Company collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Black and White: 1942

Black and White: 1942

December 1942. "General view of a classification yard at the Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

The City That Works: 1943

The City That Works: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. "General view of part of the South Water Street Illinois Central Railroad freight terminal." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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